VVIP chopper deal scam: Court extends CBI custody of Christian Michel by 5 days

A Delhi Court on December 10 has extended CBI custody of Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in the AgustaWestland helicopter deal, by another five days.

The CBI had asked for nine days citing “non-cooperation”.

“He has been evasive in giving answers during interrogation,” CBI official said.

Michel’s lawyer had opposed the CBI plea for further custody saying the agency has no incriminating evidence against him and has filed a fresh bail application.

The CBI, however, agreed to provide consular access to the accused. “We have allowed their plea of keeping their own counsel,” the judge said.

The court has fixed 30 minutes each in morning and evening for his counsel.

Michel, 54, was extradited from Dubai on December 4. He is one of the three alleged middlemen being probed over charges of organizing bribes for bureaucrats and politicians and to push the chopper deal in India when the Congress-led UPA was in power.